presents us this 1932 film, which was the Trope Maker
for the undead Mummy
We open in Egypt (where else?), at a British excavation site. A mummy of high priest Imhotep (Boris Karloff
) has been found and with it the scroll of Thoth, a key to bring back the dead. After one foolhardy assistant reads the scroll, the mummy comes alive, then proceeds to snatch the scroll and shamble away, leaving the assistant a mess of mad laughter
Cut to ten years later, a mysterious man named Ardeth Bey assists archelogists in uncovering the tomb of Princess Anck-es-en-Amon. However, he doesn't do this out of kindness, as he has plans of his own...
The film was semi-remade in 1940 (The Mummy's Hand
, which itself spawned several sequels), 1959 (The Mummy
, a Hammer Horror
production featuring Christopher Lee
as the title creature and based more on the 1940 film than the 1932 original), and 1999 (The Mummy
), with yet another remake on the way
The Mummy is one of the 8 Major Universal Monsters.
This film has the examples of: